Medium Scale Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by berklee46, Nov 3, 2001.

  1. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    I've got an opportunity to get a great Status Graphite 32" scale bass. My experience with medium scale basses is extremely limited, so I'd appreciate any comments, either pro- or con- about the 32" compared to 34"

    I have heard that some medium scale basses suffer from a muddiness and lack of clarity...?
  2. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Crap. Total crap. Send it to me, and I'll have it destroyed in an environmentally-friendly manner.

  3. you'll probably get people telling you both ways. imo its all in the bass construction, why else would alembic build 30 in basses none the less the 32 inch scale. it also depends on a good set of strings. several big name bassists(though i can't remember names right now) played 30 inch basses, and had great tone and everything. also the kubicki ex factor is a medium scale, and i love the tone of those(check out some older stu hamm stuff, i recommend radio free albemouthe) anyway, i think the reason you don't see many of the shorter scale basses around is because its easier to build a long scale, without having to take the time to consider things, its just developed into more of a standard. also if you are going to get a shorter scale, like i said with the strings, i hear pyrimid gold strings are really good and flexible for such things. i'd say go play it, if its made by status i'm sure it will still sound good, just whether or not you will like the feel. personnaly i want a kubicki, the short scale will help me to stretch for the chords i want. anyway good luck with it
  4. the undertones and fundamentals usually don't shine through in a 30 in. then in a longer scale. but this also depends on the construction and quality of the parts
  5. top028


    Dec 14, 1999
    Lancaster, PA
    I own a 30 inch maxitone archtop. The action is high, but the tone is incredible with some eq, and the right style. I only break it out on reggae, when I want an upright-style tone, and the blues. Of course this may be an exception to the question you are looking for. I like not having to stretch my fingers all over to get chords or runs, but the intonation suffers at the 17th and above frets. Plus its hard to get the fingers inthere. (I got fat stubs)
  6. Phat Ham

    Phat Ham

    Feb 13, 2000
    My Kubicki is a medium scale and it sounds great. Status has a pretty good reputation so I bet their 32" scale basses sound great too.